Before & After Surgery
We are not just a surgical program. Bariatric surgery in a mental, physical and emotional transformation. There are many things you need to do to prepare yourself to take back your life. Once you have reached a point where you realize that you cannot or may not be able to live the life you dream of because of a lifetime of chronic obesity, we're here to help you make that change. For the 3-6 months prior to surgery your insurance and your providers in our office will ask you to do certain things to qualify for the surgery. After surgery, we will coach and support you through your recovery and direct you onto a path of wellness. We look forward to being a part of that miraculous transformation!
"We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates change." – Dr. Henry Cloud
Patient Success Stories
Since 2002, Dr. Chiasson and Dr. Burpee have helped thousands of patients transform their lives with weight loss surgery. Here are a few of our most recent success stories...Meet Robert, Jess, Craig and Jessica. They are sharing their stories to help inspire others to follow their paths.
What is Morbid Obesity?
Obesity is serious disease with symptoms that build slowly over an extended period of time, often many years. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines morbid obesity as: being 100 pounds or more above your ideal body weight or having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater or a BMI of 35 or greater with one or more co-morbid health condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure or sleep apnea.The American Society for Metabolic Surgery advocates bariatric surgery for patients with a BMI of 30 to 40 and greater. The stages of obesity are classified as: Class I BMI 30-35 with at least one comorbid condition, Class II BMI 35-40 with at least one comorbid condition and Class III BMI of 40 and greater. Most insurance will pay for Class II and Class III bariatric surgery and patients who desire bariatric surgery in Class I must do so at a self-pay rate.
What is my BMI?
What Are My Options?
Southern Arizona Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, established in 2002, is a comprehensive bariatric surgery program. Our surgeons are vastly experienced in all of the minimally invasive bariatric surgeries, including the Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, Lap Band and the SADIS-S (duodenal switch). If you have a BMI of 28 or greater we also offer the nonsurgical Orbera Balloon procedure.
See Bariatric Surgical and Non-Surgical Options
Preparing For Surgery
We have simplified the process for preparing for weight loss surgery. Our knowledgeable Bariatric Patient Coordinators are trained to partner with you through the complexities of insurance authorization as well as coordinating the appointments required for surgical clearance.
Nutrition & Vitamins After Surgery
After bariatric surgery, you will need to learn to eat and nourish your body differently so that you can enjoy a healthy life. Teaching you how to eat and support your body with proper vitamins and nutritional supplements is a major focus of our after-care with you.
Life After Surgery - The Four Rules
Weight loss surgery is a new beginning. It will transform your life. Our comprehensive program incorporates healthy eating, behavior modification and fitness to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle for the rest of your life.